Pin with sphinxes, lions, and bees

Classical Period
Late 5th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Peloponnesus


Overall: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.) Weight: 0.03 lb. (14.22 gm)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The head of the pin begins with a ball, above which is a small shaft; from this rises an ornament in the form of a rose bud. Three lions crouch with their hind legs on the ball, and their forelegs on the bud. Between them there are conventionalized petals. Above the lions are three bees, and between them three sphinxes, pressed flat. At the top there is another small petal.

Said to have been found in the same tomb in the Peloponnesus as the gold capital pin 96.717 and the Athenian red figure acorn lekythos 95.1402.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Said to have been found at Aigion, but also said to have been found between Patras and Pyrgos.) [this provenance applies to 96.717-96.718 and 95.1402-95.1403, all having been found together]; October 1896: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund